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LONDON Vs JERSEY: 5 Fab Things For Families To Do In Jersey That Compare To The Big Smoke

Jersey has a lot to offer when it comes to things to do with kids with so many activities are similar to those being offered in the Big UK cities. Below we look at a comparison of 5 activities and experiences that this beautiful island has to offer which are comparable to what is being offered in the capital city of London.

1. AFTERNOON TEA ANYONE!

LONDON:

A popular spot is St. Ermin’s Hotel -known as one of the best places in London for family friendly afternoon tea! Their

Buzzy Bees afternoon tea menu for kids

, is reasonably priced and kids can even learn a little about honey making from visiting their bee hives!

JERSEY:

My two boys love

the Classic Tea room

- Not only are they able to visit with the cows there but the tearoom has a lovely selection of cakes and sandwiches as well as a cream tea with a personal touch. There is also a little farm shop at the back to explore.

You can also check out the Merton Hotel which is known for being family friendly and offers a

kids afternoon tea

which includes jellies, Jaffa Cakes, marshmallows, trifle, profiteroles and special sandwiches.

2. ANIMALS ARE MY KIND OF PEOPLE.

LONDON:

The London Zoo is incredible with over 750 species of animals. And although not exactly pocket friendly (Price: children under 16 pay £17.35; adults £26.67), Definitely worth a visit whenever you are over.

JERSEY

Durrell Zoo

is also a lovely place to visit. We have been there a few times and it never disappoints from the reptiles to the gorillas. The beautiful birds and butterflies. While not as large as the London zoo, there is plenty to see with wide-open spaces including different areas for the kids to play and a café in the middle of the zoo with an indoor play area.(Price: children under 3 free; 3-16yrs £12.00; Adults 16.50)

For something different-especially if you have older kids, the

Jersey Falconry

in the beautiful private grounds of St John’s Manor is sure to peak their interests. You and up to 3 guests can get an afternoon of enjoyment with these stunning birds under the expertise of Richard Hall for £90. Advance booking is necessary!

3. WE LOVE A TOUR BUS!

LONDON: Hop on hop off

This is one of the best ways to visit most of the major landmarks of a city with children. The Kids can learn a lot about different parts of the city and are able to hop off if they wanted to for more exploration!

JERSEY tours

There are a wide variety

of Bus Tours

in Jersey ranging from a couple of hours to half a day rides. My mum and sisters did one of these and loved it when they came to visit! They were well impressed by the amount of History and beauty that jersey holds. This is also a great way for kids who live both in and out of Jersey to learn about the island.

You can also get boat tours out to the little islands such as the Ecrehous and the Minquiers.

Jersey Seafaris

are a popular choice when it comes to days out along the bays, caves and islands. Something the tweens and teens are sure to enjoy too with chances to spot some of the wildlife including seals and dolphins!

4. MUSEUMS AND HISTORY

LONDON

The museums and historical monuments in London are fantastic and there are so many to choose from based on your child’s interests. London leads the way in child friendly displays for example at their Natural History Museum and Science Museum. However Jersey has some interesting history and places that families can enjoy together too.

JERSEY

The

steam train museum

in Trinity is one that is well worth the visit to see what the old trains, cars and vintage items were like. There is also a steam train ride on a Thursday, which children could enjoy. .(Price: children under 5 free; over 5yrs £2.50; Adults £7.00)

A favourite of ours however is the

Jersey War Tunnels

which tell the story of the Island during the German occupation. We have been here a few times now and enjoyed it each time. It might not be for very young kids (8 and up probably) as it can get quite cold in the tunnels and might be harder to hold the attention of younger ones. (Price: children under 11 free; over 11yrs £9.00; Adults £15.00)

Teens over 14yrs however may be impressed by the newly added escape room for a fun, interactive, clue solving activity.

5. TOYS TOYS TOYS!

LONDON:

No denying kids love a good look round through a toy store to be honest there is no Beating Hamleys, Leo Store and M&M stores in London to make the kids eyes go Goo Goo!

JERSEY

The

Entertainer

and

Bambola

however have a decent selection of toys on the island. I mean they do not have the grandeur of some of the toyshops in London but you will pretty much find what you are looking for. The Entertainer also do some demonstrations on new lines which the kids would enjoy.

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